June 10, 2021, 6:47 p.m.
The SNA issue in the Far North district will reach a dramatic climax tomorrow as the protest hīkoi that started today from Te Rerenga Wairua will arrive from multiple entry points into Kaikohe. Described as a "Modern day land grab" by Mariameno Kapa, Te Aupōuri CEO, the Significant Natural Areas policy has been strongly opposed by Māori land owners throughout the district. Farmers and other supporters also joined the hīkoi to demonstrate their opposition. "There's nothing wrong with our land - that's why it's so significant to them. They've destroyed their portions that they were given, that they confiscated or they bought and sold." said Rueben Taipari, a local kaitiaki and tino rangatiratanga activist. An invitation is extended to all that oppose the policy to join the hīkoi tomorrow. Watch the video above for more on the story.